received a BS in Aquatic Biology from Brown
University, a MS in Zoology from the University of
Washington in Seattle, and a PhD in Evolutionary Biology from the
University of Chicago.
She is a staff scientist and the director of the Bocas del
Toro Research Station, at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in
Her research focuses on understanding the evolution of life histories of
marine invertebrates, using slipper limpets as a model. She has conducted
experiments to understand the cues that influence when these snails change
sex, but most of her work involves embryonic and larval development.
About half of the species of slipper limpets produce free-living larvae
and half have direct development. The research in Dr. Collin's lab is
currently aimed at understanding the molecular and morphological
modifications of embryos in the species with direct development.